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Merry & Bright

November 19, 2016–January 1, 2017, 10am–5pm
Open until 9pm on November 23, 25, 26, 30 and December 7, 14–23, 26–31

Stroll through horticulture-infused holiday displays, including 1,900 poinsettias and 3,800 seasonal plantings. Holiday lights decorate each of the Conservatory’s indoor plant collections and outdoor courtyards. Enjoy time-honored traditions like a 15-ft. poinsettia tree and Paul Busse Model Garden Railway. New this year, an 8 ft. tree frame covered entirely in glass ornaments will grace the North Courtyard. All 700 glass bulbs were made exclusively in the Hot Shop, showcasing the countless artistic styles of glass blowers who create work at the Conservatory.
In the Cardinal Health Gallery
The gallery features two interactive, light-based works—Six-Forty by Four-Eighty by Marcelo Coelho and Pixel by Jamie Zigelbaum—that encourage guests to control and manipulate the digital displays with body movements and touch.
Gingerbread Competition
On display November 29, 2016–January 1, 2017
View charming and creative gingerbread houses built by children and adults. This year CELEBRATE COLUMBUS! Envision your favorite local landmarks through embellished delectable designs. Gingerbread houses highlight our city and all it has to offer. Share your favorite gingerbread creations with #FPCGingerbread.

Extended Evening Hours
November 23, 25, 26, 30, and December 7, 14–23, 26–31
The Conservatory is open until 9pm on select evenings for visitors to enjoy light displays at night as well as festive live entertainment. A cash bar will be available on the following evening: December 7, 14, 21 and 31.
Family Activities
A plethora of family activities and entertainment are slated for the holiday season, including crafts and live performances every weekend in November and December.



January 7–March 5, 2017

Stroll through an indoor garden inspired by the opulence of the Art Deco movement. Hundreds of orchid blooms and tropical plants are displayed in artful designs reflecting the global trends of the 1920s. 

In the Cardinal Health Gallery 
Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn's delicate, hand-cut paper collages are on view. Quiet and poetic, Eichhorn’s work radiates a complex harmony between the natural and handmade world.

Exhibition-Related Progamming

Walk and Sip with Exhibiting Artist Stephen Eichhorn
Friday, March 3, 6–7:30pm

Stephen Eichhorn Collage Workshop
Saturday, March 4, 10am–12pm

Savage Gardens


Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.

Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.

The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory. 
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.

About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More

Blooms & Butterflies

March 11–September 17, 2017

Hundreds of colorful butterflies take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm. 

In the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse
Fairy Gardens
March 11–May 14, 2017

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Works by Open Door Studio
March 11–May 14, 2017

In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.

Spring Color Showcase

April 2017

A delightful celebration of spring! An indoor display of spring blooms is on view in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse through mid-May 2017. Outdoors, something new is blooming every day!